Citing Swine Flu, Smith Says He Isn’t Going to Puerto Rico; Diaz Is Still Excited

ALBANY—Majority Leader Malcolm Smith just told reporters he will not accompany several of his members on a junket to Puerto Rico because his wife and daughter are among those who may be infected with Swine Flu.
“I myself, unfortunately, have a daughter who was at that school who is under the weather,” Smith told reporters after announcing an anti-urban violence initiative. “My wife is still under the weather, and I would tell you that my first responsibility is as a husband and a father. And I believe at this point it’s probably better for me to stay closer to home than to be on a trip.

Citing Swine Flu, Smith Says He Isn’t Going to Puerto Rico; Diaz Is Still Excited